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  • YPN One to Watch!

    Nominate the next awesome YP you know who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their workplace and our community. Check out all of our past One to Watch members and nominate the next one! (Anyone can nominate!)

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  • Why We Exist

    It is our belief that a community influenced by young professionals is a community that attracts and retains them. Core to the Young Professionals Network’s strategic agenda is the belief that the more informed, involved and networked young professionals are, the more influence they will have on the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community.
     

    What is a Young Professional?

    We don’t define young professionals by an age. We define it as a mind set. We are a group of people who are interested in enhancing ourselves and the future of our community. We work hard, we like to socialize, we’re technologically savvy, and we make the change that we want to see in our lives, our businesses and our community.
     

    What to Expect

    Through the Young Professionals Network you will have the opportunity to meet people you would never otherwise have met, learn about businesses you never would have known about and participate in events that never would have existed. You will have access to numerous business training programs and learn about the happenings in the community that will have an impact on your life.


    The group is designed for, but not limited to, 21- to 39-year olds. You must be at least 21 to join the YPN. Yearly membership fees are $45 for employees of Chamber-member firms and $75 for employees of non-member firms. A varying activity fee will be charged at select Young Professionals Network events.


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  • One to Watch

    Each quarter, a YPN member is selected through a nomination process to highlight an up-and-coming professional in the business community. This award is granted quarterly to a Young Professional Network member who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their workplace, their community and with the YPN.

    We’re currently seeking applications and nominations for Ones to Watch! Recipients will be featured in our monthly Bridge newsletter, on our social media outlets, will be featured in Fargo INC! magazine, will receive a letter from Craig Whitney, a plaque and a complimentary ticket to a Business Training, Women Connect or Business After Hours event.

    Who can nominate? Anyone! Whether you are a YP and want to nominate a peer, or you're the supervisor of a YP superstar, or you just know someone pretty great, tell us about them!

    Nominate a deserving young professional!
     

  • Meet the current One to Watch

    Justin Gustofson

    Property Resources Group, Commercial Sales & Leasing

    Justin Gustofson gets to enjoy a different day every day at work. Most are spent researching businesses, making connections, showing properties and facilitating sales and leases. He is working toward earning qualifications to earn his CCIM designation. In a job centered on relationships, he knows that you can’t just work for today; rather, he works for years down the road.

    “I feel that YPN has helped start successful relationships with individuals looking to do business together, as well as connect with people of the same age demographic,” he said. I believe it is important for others to get involved with YPN to expand their network and understand our growing community.”

    Justin is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol, is active with the West Fargo Exchange Club and recently started a group to help with United Way’s Day of Caring. He was born and raised in West Fargo and says he can’t find a reason to leave.

    Outside the office, he enjoys spending time at the lake with family and friends, boating and surfing as long as he can remember. “Before commercial real estate, I was very active in aviation as a flight instructor at the Jet Center,” he said. “To this day, I still love flying and aviation. I also enjoy helping out doing construction as my dad is a local contractor.” Personal goals include accomplishing large projects around the house and traveling more.


  • Corporate Cup


    At this event put on by the YPN, physical fitness and friendly competition are cornerstones for Chamber member businesses to go head-to-head in everything from kickball to cycling to tug-of-war in a fun combination of team-building and networking. The event is open to all employees and fitness levels.

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  • Questions? Contact Alyssa Ralston at aralston@fmwfchamber.com or 218.359.0529.


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